Load up the bus and stash your board! It’s time to get your show on the road. When it comes to traveling in groups, I always fear that my board is going to get beat down by someone that seems to have an 80 pound suitcase with metal spikes on the outside. I quickly got real tired of using a snowboard bag last season, and decided to try my luck with a hard case for snowboards and skis, and found the Transpack snowboard hard case.
The Transpack is designed to hold 2 pairs of skis or 2 snowboards. Now at first research, I was a little confused, because the package is only about 4′ long, and my board is a lot longer than that. I thought this might have been a kids board case or something. Fortunately, I do like doing research, and realized that this is an ADJUSTABLE snowboard case, designed to suit the length of a board or skis from 115cm to 203cm. So unless you’ve got some kind of novelty plank, you should have no problem fitting your board in this. Adjusting the case is simple, and the case holds in place once you’ve got your set length. Check out the video at the bottom.
The case is a tough polyurethane (who doesn’t love that stuff for their cases?), with several well-placed handles for easy carrying. It’s got a width of about 13 or 14 inches, and the straps on the inside let you tighten things into place if you’ve got a skinny board. As an all-around snowboard case with no real specific fit, this was built properly.
Wanting to fly your board to some untouched part of the world in the hunt for fresh lines? No problem, the Transpack has an added TSA lock and 5/8″ pin designed to seal you goods nice and tight. Opening the case up (after unlocking the lock, of course) is a simple pull of an o-ring on the outside. No need to sit there and unlatch a bunch of locks, but the case also has no problem staying locked tight. I do feel a little empty inside with only one board, so I brought my second for kicks. Keep in mind that you’ll want to watch the weight of your case if you’re flying and don’t want to pay the over 50 pound fee…highway robbery.[button link=”http://amzn.to/1inA1zP” newwindow=”yes”] Shop the Transpack Snowboard Case on Amazon[/button]
I really dig the handles on this thing. The weight is balanced almost perfect (like your board) so you won’t have much of a problem carrying the case. The case weighs about 17 or 18 pounds, and I think that weight is actually necessary for the amount of protection this case delivers.
As an offseason storage case for my board, I’ve been more than satisfied. Even as I pile things in my garage, I know the case is holding firm and my board (which I definitely made sure was dry before I put it way for the summer) is plenty safe. This is an excellent choice for stashing your snowboard for the winter if you’re using a closet or corner of your dad’s garage.
As my first hard case for my boards, I have no problem with it. In fact, I’m plenty happy with the investment, and I’d probably be happy sharing this with a couple of skis if I REALLY had to. The Transpack snowboard case wins so far, and I’m excited to see how it will hold to my hopefully extensive travels in the upcoming seasons.